Save Green by Going Green

Sunday, April 22 at 10:36 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Today we salute Mother Nature and all of her beauty.   For some, this day means go outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  For others, it’s about taking action and planting a tree or picking up trash for the day.  And, for hopefully everyone, it calls for taking a vow to becoming a better citizen of the world year round, or as many people call it “go green.”  

Grant it—going green calls for some lifestyle changes that, until a habit is formed, seem like work.  For those already committed, the extra work for a better, cleaner environment is incentive enough (as it should be.)  However, here’s an extra incentive:  saving money.  There are many ways a person can go green AND save green. 

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking people to “Pick Five.”  The gist: commit to five environmental actions that make your home and your world a cleaner and healthier place.  To save you some research time, we’ve come up with five for you: 

  1. Adjust the thermostat.  Turn down your thermostat a couple degrees or turn it off while not at home. 
  2. Replace the old-fashioned light bulbs.  Switch out your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).  These save energy and last longer.
  3. Unplug appliances.  Just because an appliance is turned off doesn’t mean it’s not using electricity.  Unplug any gadget like TVs or stereos that always have a light on to reduce your electric bill.
  4. Carpool.  Find a pal and ride with each other to work, school, gym class, etc. to save on gas and pollution.  Or better yet, walk or ride a bike when you can. With gas prices so high, why wouldn’t you?
  5. Give up bottled water.  Break the bad habit and buy a water filter and a reusable water bottle so save a load of money and a load of trash. 

For more information about how you can go green, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.  Happy Earth Day!

Tags: Financial Education, Savings, Sustainability
Josh on 4/22/2012 at 11:10 AM

 Bottled water also doesn't contain fluoride, which you want in your water consumption (at least in moderation).  I've had "new generation" friends that only drank bottled water and then had dental problems as adults.  Their dentist asked if they ever drank tap water and the answer was always "no - bottled water only".  Save money AND teeth by filtering your own water at home!

Sarah on 5/4/2012 at 9:17 AM

Make an effort to save the earth from destruction. By practicing green living, you can contribute in saving the earth.  Water conservation is also a big factor in environmental care. Abundant supply of water can make our natural resources more bountiful.

Arvest Blog Admin on 5/4/2012 at 10:16 AM

Thanks for sharing Josh and Sarah.  Great tips!

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